August '20

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rv-pro.com August 2020 • RV PRO • 43 a home away from home, he says, as parks and campgrounds often have both privately-owned park models and rental units on their properties. Facility owners have found a park model site makes more money than a typical pull- through RV site. Once the park owner completes paying off a typical park model – normally from three to five years – Grymonprez says it becomes a cash cow. Although it would be nice if park models could be retailed everywhere RVs are sold, he's quick to admit such is not the case. "Most of our park model dealers either sell park models only or they sell park models and manufactured housing. The big difference between our product and the typical towable RV is with our product, you have to deliver it, you have to set it, and you have to skirt it," Grymonprez says, noting that since park models can't be brought in for service, either the dealer or the manufacturer has to send a technician to a site for repairs. Park Models Not All the Same Grymonprez also is quick to point out the differences in park models made by various manufacturers. "If you compare us to what some of the other manufacturers build in other parts of the country, those are more like a trailer," he says. "Ours looks like a home. We build it like a home. We do all sorts of crazy roof designs, appliance packages, and we have so many great floorplans. Prior to COVID-19 putting the brakes on the U.S. economy earlier this year, Athens Park and sister company Shore Park had their best-selling first quarter ever, according to Grymonprez. As things start to return to normal, he expects the company to have a good year. OF CONNECTIVITY WIFI & LTE KINGCONNECT.COM

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